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Medina of Essaouira

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Dar Zahira is a beautifully restored and charming riad for up to 6 persons. You'll get a private & cosy place for you and your travel companions.
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Beach | Essaouira Beach, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Essaouira Médina is a nice place to spend the day shopping, or wondering around aimlessly and stopping for something to eat. There is a nice mix of street food, Moroccan and European restaurants. The Médina is safe, so feel free to walk around and get...More

Thank Kremp11
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stayed in the medina for four nights. It is full of some good restaurants as well as shops. It is small in comparison to the Marrakech Médina which was nice as we got a chance to get to know people. It is also more friendly...More

Thank Kirstievyv
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Many tourists came to Essaouira on a day tour but I think you’ll find it more enjoyable to stay a night or two. The Medina has many interesting shops and art galleries. It is pleasant and manageable in size so that one can explore without...More

Thank mptraveller
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Compared to Marrakesh this is a very slow paced Medina with not quite as much selection for the shoppers. It is a more comfortable Medina to walk through with wider alleys and easier to navigate. There were quite a few shops with artwork closer to...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Medina caters to tourists, yet it has all the magic one would wish for when going to Morocco. The Essaouira Medina just made the trip to Morocco

Thank Beefsan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two main parallel streets cross the medina from end to end. The upper one is more touristy with 100's of little shops catering to all interests, while the lower one has mostly stores for the locals (butchers, fish market, vegetables, ...). Both are definitively worth...More

Thank Ale_Limbru
Reviewed 1 week ago

The World Heritage Site-listed medina is small enough you can always get reoriented after a handful of minutes. A small map will set you straight, if not a shopkeeper's help. A bit of [even broken] French will serve you well. While the main roads give...More

Thank Terry M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overwhelming smell of fish and sewers which mixed together is very unpleasant. Further into the medina it’s not so bad but then you hit the meat market stalls so that’s not great either. Overall the old walls are nice to see and the markets are...More

Thank Barbs25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’re here and are at the beach or having a nice lunch, you might as well take a leisurely walk. There’s a mosque, a synagogue as well as a Christian church. There are some narrow streets with small shops but nothing to really make...More

Thank BloggerLinda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the nicest Medina we entered in Morocco, some,great individual shops and not too busy. Visit the ramparts too while there.

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January 17, 2016|
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Response from joy14607 | Reviewed this property |
Forget that its (meknes!) The medina in Essaouira is by the sea walls outside the souk
August 26, 2015|
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Response from Andres G |
I got round trip for 25 euros with a private van!! Ask you riad person - it’s 2:30- 3 hour ride